The Republican Party has lost its way, especially in Louisiana. The one Grand Old Party is now as corrupt and devoid of the founder’s ideals as the Democratic Party. All of those who have been elected need to be challenged in the primaries so that those who are not standing for core conservative principles can be removed and those who do serve the people’s will be reminded that the office they hold can be ended at any time if they should wonder away from conservative principles. This is part one of my plan to save Louisiana and preserve our God given rights as men.
The Nation as a whole is facing some tough times, and consequently governors and legislatures nationwide are having to makes some unprecedented, and sometimes unpopular, choices in order to maintain solvency. For decades America has been blessed with a strong economic output and a stable dollar. We have managed to succeed financially even with poor decisions such as tax increases, expanding government, and increases in the welfare society. The simple truth is those days are over and we here in Louisiana must be among those that are willing to make the hard choices to lead this Nation out of the wilderness. I have eleven steps to begin this journey to restoring common sense in Baton Rouge and ultimately helping lead this Great Nation off of the edge of the cliff:
1) We must restore Louisiana as the “Gateway to the Americas”. Just thirty years ago Louisiana was a mecca for Latin American manufacturers; nearly everything that needed to be shipped to the United States from that region of the world came through New Orleans. Unfortunately, we have lost nearly all of that to Houston, Atlanta, and other cities across America. Our elected officials need to make infrastructure a top priority. Our State’s ports, highways, railroads, and airports must be unified under a single authority to put for an amalgamated strategy to regain lost business and compete on a global scale for highly sought after manufacturing plants and other corporate relocations. Regaining the lost prestige of being a major transportation hub would bring in not only manufacturers, but also many supporting jobs would be created in areas such as law, insurance, and the restaurant industry. Louisiana, if managed properly, has more potential than anywhere else being relatively centralized in North America, having access to the Mississippi River, and I-10 one of the busiest interstate in the Country spanning from California to Florida. We mustn’t let these resources go to waste. Rather, we must ensure they are used to their fullest potential. Railroads must be expanded to provide an affordable, alternative overland shipping option. Airports must run in such a way as to maximize their economic output in correlation with our other transportation means. Roadways across the state need to be refurbished and improved under a ten year plan. This plan would provide that in the first years the state would concentrate on coordinating the traffic lights and improving the interstates. Next, state highways would be revitalized starting with the most populous parishes where corporations are most likely to want to relocate to and expanding out from there to the smaller parishes. It is through this concentrated effort that we will become once again the obvious choice for transport.
2) ) Our nation is facing 9% unemployment. We have millions of people on welfare. There is no reason to allow millions of immigrants to illegally enter our country and take jobs that Americans could do. We need to empower our state and local law enforcement to determine citizenship status of those they encounter during the normal course of an investigation and detain those who are found to be here illegally. We need to ensure those who are here illegally do not receive public funds through welfare, Medicaid, or other government service by requiring proof of citizenship upon application for such services. It should be a criminal offense under Louisiana’s criminal code to knowingly hire an illegal immigrant, and all applicants should be required to be e-verified by businesses that intend to hire them. Additionally, the state of Louisiana should not accept any foreign driver’s license without an accompanying visa or green card as an acceptable form of identification. Lastly, the state needs to criminalize the transport of illegal aliens in a motor vehicle. Passing these measures would send a clear message to all illegals in this nation that they need to “stay out of Louisiana”. As more states pass comparable laws, we can eventually get this pandemic under control.
3) ) A nationwide survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently stated that nearly two-thirds of business leaders would consider a state’s litigation climate when deciding where to locate a business, and it is of no surprise to find that Louisiana is one of the most litigious states in the Union. How are we ever going to convince businesses to relocate to our state if they have to live in constant fear of being brought to court to defend baseless claims? We need real tort reform in this state. The first step is a common sense change; legislation needs to be written clearly and decisively. Louisiana is the only “Civil Law” state in the nation. Under civil law there is no principle of court precedence; therefore every time a lawsuit is brought up the law can be interpreted differently even before the same court! This causes businesses to never be certain of what is expected of them and allows plenty of openings for trial lawyers to attack. Second, we need to implement a “loser pays” law. Such a law would allow for the defendant in a lawsuit to countersue the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s attorney for damages resulting from a frivolous case. Such a law would greatly reduce the number of “gamble” lawsuits; suits that are brought about simply on the off chance that the judge will rule in the plaintiffs favor. Lastly, caps on damages must be implemented to avoid excessive awards to be paid out to those who did not actually suffer such a loss. While more would still need to be done, these three actions would solve most of our problems with litigation.
4) Louisiana could be one of the wealthiest states in the Union if only we were allowed to fully exploit our abundant energy reserves. Energy sector jobs are amongst the best paying opportunities available and the industries that produce these resources are some of the largest corporations in the world. As of 2003, before Obama’s Oil Moratorium was even implemented further crippling our state’s annual output, Louisiana’s oil production had fallen to only 17% of its 1970 peak. Natural gas hasn’t fared much better with the state only putting out 25% of what it did in that same year. This has wreaked havoc on our tax revenue and has crippled our ability to grow this state and be competitive with our neighbors. Our state must use our tenth amendment powers to take back control over our natural resources. The commerce clause was never meant to reach so deeply into the lives of Americans, and it certainly was never meant to be used as a tool by those who wish economically harm our nation in order to “redistribute the wealth” around the globe. Louisiana should open up state lands to drilling and the construction of new plants and allow the State’s Attorney General to defend us in Court if the Obama Regime should decide to take action.
5) ) Lastly, our state needs to reform our tax system. Texas, Florida, Arizona, and other states have shown that one of the best ways to encourage businesses to relocate to our state is to eliminate the state income tax. A proposal has been brought up, but ultimately our elected officials decided to punt on the issue and rewrite the legislation to form a committee to study the concept rather than taking the decisive action that is necessary to stimulate our state’s economy. The state of Louisiana needs to pass legislation that would phase out our state’s income tax over a ten year period. This move would be paid for through a combination of increased sales tax revenue from economic stimulation from this bold new economic plan, decreased government spending across the board, and to a lesser extent a gradual implementation of increased property and sales taxes. These increased taxes will have sunset clauses so they may more easily be eliminated as our economy grows and the state no longer needs the supplemental income. Ultimately, the goal is to have low taxes across the board in combination with the other improvements mentioned previously in an effort to become the Nation’s economic powerhouse. The Louisiana Method will become the new standard for wealth creation!
These first five concepts focus on job creation, because without people having a means of earning a living they will continue to move to other areas ultimately taking with them their Louisiana Heritage. This wonderful culture must not be diluted; it must be preserved for future generations. In the next article I will put forth my next five points that will take on the overall culture of corruption that has enveloped our politicians and many of our residents.